Becoming a Landlord

Renting A Dumpster? How To Stop The Spread Of Germs And Bacteria

If you have a dumpster in your yard, take steps to prevent the spread of germs. You might not realize this but common household garbage contains germs and bacteria that can spread disease throughout the community. Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others from the spread of germs and bacteria. Here are four methods you can use to maintain and clean and sanitary residential dumpster.

Put Your Trash in Heavy Duty Bags

If you empty your household trash cans directly into your dumpster, you need to change your routine. The loose garbage increases the chances that you'll spread germs and bacteria through your dumpster. The occurrence of garbage odors increases as well. Unfortunately, it's the odors that tend to attract disease-carrying pests. Not only that but if a family member is sick with a contagious disease, people can get sick from touching your garbage. To reduce foul odors and the spread of germs, put your trash in heavy-duty bags before tossing it into the dumpster. 

Keep the Lid Securely Closed

If you routinely keep the lid to your dumpster open, it's time to start closing it. When you leave the lid to your dumpster open, you encourage scavenging — by people and animals. Unfortunately, scavenging increases the spread of germs and bacteria. Closing your dumpster lid and securing it with a lock keeps people and animals out of your trash. This practice helps reduce the spread of germs, bacteria, and infectious diseases. 

Clean Your Dumpster Once a Week

If you're like most people, you clean your curbside trash cans to keep them looking and smelling fresh. If you rent a dumpster, you should be cleaning it as well. Cleaning your dumpster at least once a week will prevent the growth of harmful germs and bacteria.

Wash Your Hands After Each Trip

If you don't wash your hands after each trip to the dumpster, you need to start. Each time you touch your dumpster, you transfer germs to your hands. Those germs can make you sick. Not only that but if you touch the surfaces in your home, the germs transfer to your family members. To avoid the risk, always wash your hands after placing garbage in the dumpster.

Don't take chances with germs. If you have a dumpster in your yard, use the tips provided here to protect yourself and your family from germs and bacteria.

To learn more, contact a local dumpster service.